I’m On The Witch Wave Podcast

I have to say this is so far my favorite interview ever! So much love, sacredness, wisdom, connection, and magick happened on this episode with The Witch Wave

I urge you my beautiful sisters and brothers to go give a listen!  Also please come back to @witchwavepod on instagram and find the post with my picture on it and and leave your thoughts, love, and support in the comments. As always I’m grateful for you all and can’t wait for you to listen in.

 On this episode, Juliet discusses her various healing practices, the ways in which she expresses her Indigenous heritage while navigating issues of craft and commodity, and how to heed the hero’s call.

Pam also talks about appreciation vs. appropriation of other spiritual cultures, and she answers a listener question from a witch dealing with Catholic guilt.

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Grimoire Glory

I was interviewed by Emily Linstrom for Sabat Magazine,

It’s been roughly two years since I first became acquainted with Juliet Diaz, apothecary owner and founder of The School of Witchery, now November Sage Herbarium, and almost a year since our first Sabat interview. I had just moved overseas, and found that even with my own steadfast rituals and much-loved mentors back in the States, I longed for something I could connect with and contribute to, even from afar. A community of sorts, if only through writing — which was exactly how I came to know Juliet.

As a writer and soon-to-be weekly video correspondent for November Sage, I’ve come to appreciate those who not only identify as Witches, but act from what I believe is the true nature of Witchcraft: inclusion. Welcomed as a writer AND Witch AND unabashed history nerd, a place was created for me at November Sage that not only included but celebrated those aspects that make my craft unique to me; there was no costume or voice I was expected to adopt, only my own.

Individuality is everything to Juliet, and she practices and preaches from a stance that encourages independent thought and exploration. So when she announced the release of her book Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within, published by Hay House, I was admittedly skeptical. Would this be just another niche gift book, lovely to look at but ultimately of little value to the reader, with impossible-to-procure items and equally impractical methods for applying them? (Alas, I’ve been burned before. You?)

Personally speaking, when it comes to healing and strengthening through Witchcraft, I’m not looking for whimsy or thinly-veiled exercises in narcissism; I don’t want co-opted Magick. So I was overjoyed to be proven wrong in my doubts when reading Witchery. Consisting of time-honored spells, rituals, and DIY remedies, as well as moon, crystal and herbal Magick, Witchery is both companion and grimoire, penned in the familiar voice of a friend who happens to be a successful Witch influencer. To put it another way, Witchery could just as well be kept alongside one’s recipe books and medicinal guides as displayed on a coffee table. The information is both sacred and accessible, a balance I often feel is missing from the modern Witchcraft phenomenon.

A year after that initial Sabat conversation concerning the commodification of Witchcraft, Juliet and I once more convened to talk about Witchery.



Craft or Commodity?

I was interviewed by Emily Linstrom for Sabat Magazine,

I sometimes liken the popular resurgence of Witchcraft — and Paganism by proxy — to that old blessing-and-a-curse adage: a blessing in that what is arguably the world’s oldest and most oft-persecuted spiritual way is now widely accepted (or at the very least tolerated) by the mainstream, the curse being that, as with many deep-rooted paths that enjoy newfound popularity, there are those who are only too happy to exploit the trend. Gorgeously packaged and equally pricey ephemera, tomes penned by authors with varying degrees of experience and intent, and all manner of cosplay are now a social (and social media) norm, with the lines between celebration and appropriation more blurred than ever. But hey, at least some are having fun with it.

Image courtesy of Juliet Diaz.

I’ve made peace with most of this. As a child of Paganism and natural Magick, I’m fiercely — and at the same time shyly — protective of my rituals, tools, and inner sanctums. I’m always honored to share what might be of value to others, but only when asked and with (I hope) the utmost sensitivity. Let others make of the faith what they will.

Image courtesy of Juliet Diaz.

Playing Witch Police may be an ironic exercise in futility, but for the genuine souls pursuing their own sacred Magick it can be a different sort of trial to seek out the instruments and individuals that will contribute to and strengthen their potential, rather than jeopardise their trust — and wallet. To that end I reached out to Juliet Diaz, owner of November Sage Apothecary & founding Headmistress of The School of Witchery. I wanted to speak with someone who is dedicated to her Craft and work as a healer, but also a businesswoman and social media influencer.

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